Thursday, January 24, 2013

How are You Fighting the Battle?

I'm praying this morning and I can't get away from this scripture and I'm sure it's one we have all heard and know.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5

New Living Translation (NLT)
4We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

How are we fighting the battles?  Are we trying to do it with our intellect and the things of the physical realm?  Here are a few things I know about me and they might be about you too.

1.  If I had to fight some of the battles I have fought in the last few years with things of this world and my own sanity, I would probably be dead.  My mind and my body couldn't take it.  It was only by God's grace and mercy, because I trusted HIM and not myself to get me through those battles.  This is what He gave me:

2 Timothy 1:7

New King James Version (NKJV)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

We don't have to fear!  He is with us and fighting for us!  Read 2 Chronicles 20. Love love that chapter! 

2. I also know that committing to reading and studying His word will cause me to be changed! I AM CHANGED! When that change starts, your faith builds, and before you know it you are standing firm in the Lord and when the battles come you know where to turn and how to battle.

Romans 12:2

New Living Translation (NLT)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 

Ephesians 5:26

New Living Translation (NLT)
26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word.[a]

2 Corinthians 3:18

New Living Translation (NLT)
18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.

3. I know that prayer is a mighty weapon!  I know that when we seek God we will find Him.  That when we are on our knees things are moving in the spiritual realm.  Miracles happen because of prayer.  Lives are changed because of prayer. Lives are saved because of prayer.  Prayer brings down strongholds.   

Jeremiah 29:13

New Living Translation (NLT)
13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.

Mark 9:29

New Living Translation (NLT)
29 Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.[a]
(some versions say by "prayer and fasting")

Ephesians 6:18-19

New Living Translation (NLT)
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.[a]
19 And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike.[b

James 4:2

New Living Translation (NLT)
You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

There are soooo many more verses on all of this that I could lay out for you.  God is awesome and He has provided us with the weapons for battle.  How are you battling today?  Are you using carnal weapons or God's mighty weapons?  If you are feeling defeated, examine the weapons of your warfare.   Weather you realize it or not EVERYDAY is a spiritual battle.  Stay read up and prayed up.  Talk to the "commander and chief" everyday. Know your enemy and have a battle plan.  Stand firm.   The Bible is one book it's ok to read the end and it says we win.

How are you battling?

Saturday, January 12, 2013

His Grace is Enough

So a friend of mine and I were talking one day as we ran into each other at the store.  She was a little upset about some recent events in her home.  During the course of our conversation....somehow it strangely came around to God's grace.  She admitted to me that she really didn't understand what that meant exactly.  I had to admit at one time as a  new Christian I also really understand what His "grace" was either.  I told her what I knew to let her digest that, but told her I would email her some information after I did some study.  I found this short couple of statements via
  1. Mercy--not getting what you do deserve / withheld punishment
  2. Grace--getting what you don't deserve / unmerited favor
Ephesians 2:4-10

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Without His grace, there would be no hope. I think we sometimes don't understand just how much we are loved by God.  So much so that he saved us while we were yet sinners and that there is nothing that can separate us from that love.  

I don't always understand the "why's" of anything.  His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:9) and I don't always need to know "why", but to understand that God is in control and I have faith in Him that He knows what He is doing.  

I'm thankful for His grace. Without it I would not know Him or find myself in right standing with Him (righteous, not self righteous, but righteous in Him). He has poured out His love on me and His grace is all I need.  
So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.[b] He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding.(Ephesians 1:6-8)

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

So I hope when you read this, you understand how loved you are by our Lord.  He died for YOU.  You are a whosoever. Know His grace, mercy, and love are the answers to all your questions.